Haiti Street Dog Project

For the dogs. With the dogs.

Our Veterinary Volunteer coordinator

Olivia Obringer is a current student at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is majoring in pre-veterinary medicine, in hopes of attending the Purdue University’s Vet School in the future.  She is the Pre-vet leader of the USF Pre-Professional Healthcare Club and routinely coordinates “De-Stress with Pets” week with local Therapy Dog organizations.

She has a huge passion for animals, especially dogs. She lives in Decatur, Indiana, with her 3-year-old Great Dane Willow, and her 3 cats—Princess, Lilypad, and Mouser.   Her household also consists of lizards, turtles, snakes, chickens, rabbits, and even an axolotl.  Over the years, she’s rescued and rehomed almost 20 kittens, and each one holds a special place in her heart.

Her first trip to Haiti was in May 2017.  She traveled there to support a medical/dental team from the University of Saint Francis.   While there, she was shocked when she saw the poor health condition of the dogs living in Haiti.  She knew she needed to do something, and that’s when she discovered the Haiti Street Dog Project.It is Olivia's dream to organize and participate with a veterinary team and educate Haitians about animal care.  She hopes to partner with animal shelters in her community and offer dogs rescued from Haiti a permanent family in the United States.